Meet the Mets
The Mets have signed Adrian Gonzalez to a major league deal, pending a physical. The signing came very soon after rumors that the Mets were in “in serious discussions” with Gonzalez. The Braves will be on the hook for Gonzalez’s $17 million 2018 salary, while the Mets will be paying him league minimum.
Matt Ehalt presented the case in favor of the Gonzalez signing.
Jenrry Mejia is expected to apply for reinstatement after being handed a lifetime ban in February of 2016. A hearing would be held within 30 days of Mejia submitting his application.
After hearing that 50 Cent wants to redeem himself after the fiasco that was his 2014 ceremonial first pitch at Citi Field, the Mets invited him back for a second shot at throwing a strike.
Around the National League East
The Marlins signed Scott Van Slyke and four pitchers to minor league deals with invitations to spring training.
Fish Stripes argues that the slow free agent market is helping the Marlins by raising the value of their trade assets.
Joe Posnanski wrote about the role Chipper Jones’ dad played in his Hall of Fame bound son’s baseball career.
Cubs fans remain unabashedly confident that Bryce Harper is destined to be a Cub alongside his childhood friend Kris Bryant. When asked by a young fan when he can buy his Bryce Harper Cubs jersey, Theo Epstein replied, “ask Kris Bryant.”
Around Major League Baseball
Rachael McDaniel wrote an incredibly moving piece for BP Toronto about the career arc and life of former Blue Jay Doug Ault and struggles with depression.
Former Mets reliever Addison Reed signed with the not-Mets on a two-year, $16.75 million deal. The shorter-than-expected length of his contract with the Twins is reportedly a result of his desire to be in Midwest. However, some are speculating that Reed may be 2018’s first “New Year’s Effect” victim.
The Astros acquired Gerrit Cole from the Pirates for four prospects: right-handed pitchers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran, and outfielder Jason Martin.
The Padres signed lefty Brad Hand to a three-year extension worth $19.75 million with a club option for a fourth year worth $10 million with a $1 million buyout.
Machado trade talk continues to happen, with the Diamondbacks still in pursuit of the coveted third baseman.
Ken Davidoff offered some thoughts on what the players can do to heat up that Hot Stove this slow-moving offseason.
Grant Brisbee came out with his annual Only Correct Hall of Fame Ballot, which is a strategic ballot that includes Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Curt Schilling, Trevor Hoffman, Gary Sheffield, Scott Rolen, Andruw Jones, and—you guessed it—former Met Johan Santana.
Former Mets manager Jerry Manuel and his sons are mentoring young high school prospects at the Dream Series—a Martin Luther King Jr. Day tradition.
This Date in Mets History
Mike “Big Pelf” Pelfrey was born on this day in 1984. Lick your hand and raise a glass.
The Mets signed right-handed Japanese pitcher, Masato Yoshii, who went on to go 18-16 in 58 games for the Mets and even start a playoff game for the 1999 Mets.